"Four young Alaskan Sitka black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel.  Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat."

Alaskan Sitka Bucks Swim To Safety

"Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board.  Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat.  Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering."

"Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre's boat, the Alaska Quest. All four deer were transported to Taku Harbour .  Once the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance from the humans, two others followed suit, one deer needed more help." 
"Here he is being helped by Tom Satre off the boat."

"Tom, Anna and Tim Satre help the last of the "button" bucks to its feet. They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive.  The good Samaritans (humans)  describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life."  I'm sure it was for the deer, as well."


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  • Emily

    That is such an amazing story. How cute!!! Very nice photographs too. Good thing somebody had a good camera on them to capture such a wonderful story.

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  • Sun Ferguson

    Tom & Tish, this is so inspiring, to see these pictures. We have sent them to all our friends, all over the world. We have never been too Alaska, maybe one of these days. We love to watch the Alaska Wilderness movies. Take care and God bless you and have a Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year.

    Edgar R. Ferguson & Sun Ok Ferguson
    SFC, U.S. Army

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  • David Heutmaker

    To see and read this story warms my heart to know both animal and humans know when help is near. The trust from the deer to let the people handle. Some one was sure watching.

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  • Vivian Lara

    What a beautiful story....Tom, Anna & Tim...you were truly angels sent to help those poor babies...who knows how much longer they could\'ve held out.

    God Bless!

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  • Guest

    Sweet im suprised they would do that!!!

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  • Mahek

    first i thought the picture are simple
    then i read the story and
    i was suprised!!!!
    what aawesom story . . .tom,anna & tim

    god bless !!!

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  • Sue

    A great Monday feel-good story!

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  • alexboss

    awesome story......

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